Premier League Table 2013-14 Week 15: Updated Standings Following Matchday 14

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Marouane Chamakh (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates with teammates Barry Bannan (L) and Cameron Jerome (R) after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on December 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Matchday 14 got off to a wild start, with Marouane Chamakh remembering that scoring goals was not only legal but actually encouraged.

His effort on Tuesday at Selhurst Park led Crystal Palace to a 1-0 victory over West Ham. The three points are enough to pull Crystal Palace out of the cellar and bring West Ham dangerously closer to falling into the bottom three of the table. 

Don't just take my word for it. Take my word and a table for it: 

Premier League Table
3Manchester City149142628
6Tottenham Hotspur14734-224
7Newcastle United14725-223
9Manchester United14644422
10Aston Villa14545019
11Swansea City14536118
12Hull City14527-617
13West Bromwich Albion14365-215
14Stoke City14356-614
15Cardiff City14356-914
16Norwich City14428-1614
17West Ham United14347-313
19Crystal Palace143110-1410

Four points clear of second-place Chelsea, Arsenal will enter their match with Hull City knowing their lead atop the table is safe regardless of the outcome. 

While Arsenal's date with Hull City doesn't appear too ripe for upset, it is the same Hull City that knocked off Liverpool this past week. Liverpool are now in fourth in the table and will be looking for a return to Anfiled against Norwich City to help get them back on track. 

Sitting with 24 points right alongside Liverpool are Everton. They will be hoping not to get stuck on 24, as they travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday to take on a Manchester United team that is right behind them with 22 points. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10:   Ryan Giggs of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on February 10, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botter
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As for Tuesday's action, maligned striker Chamakh doubled his season totals in goals with a single score in the 42nd minute.

His scoring woes haven't been limited to this season, either. On loan with West Ham last season, he didn't record a single goal. 

Have a look at this pre-match stat from Opta Sports: 

This is just Palace's third win of the season, and it will give the team a needed confidence boost, as Tony Pulis' group tries to stave off elimination. 

On the flip side, this is a big blow to West Ham. Sam Allardyce's team entered this match after trouncing Fulham 3-0 this past weekend and were looking to jump up into the top half of the table.

Instead, this team has to start worrying about launching a survival bid. 

Such is life in the wild EPL this season. 

Wednesday provided plenty of surprises, as well, with Everton beating Manchester United, 1-0, at Old Trafford. Southampton also fell at home, 3-2, to Aston Villa. Chelsea also needed a big effort to overcome bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, winning 4-3 at the Stadium of Light.

Although the top four remained the same, there was plenty of movement in the middle of the table. Tottenham jumped up to sixth with a 2-1 win over Fulham. Swansea also got a boost from their 3-0 victory over Newcastle.

The biggest losers from the week were Norwich. The Canaries dropped to 16th after a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool. They can't see the back of Luis Suarez, who scored four goals and assisted on another, fast enough.